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Sometimes the best way of moving forward

Is by looking back

It helps us remember where we’ve come from

and keep an eye on where we want to go

Therefore, we proudly announce our 14th annual “Image of the Year Competition” for images that were crafted last year [ 2022 ]. We nominated images from eligible Weddings and Engagement Sessions [ and Assassination Attempts ] as entries in this year’s competition.

If you’re part of our cult of creativity [ legally; no longer a cult in the state of New Mexico, we’re now referred to as a “league” ] you would recall that it is indeed time for our annual serendipitous end-of-the-year/beginning-of-the-year brawl amidst our wedding couples/ engaged clientele.

85,031 Images Captured in 2022

But Only One Will Win

But First

A Snazzy Bar Graph

To Commemorate How We Lived Out 2022










**Aware that our time is equivalent to 354%  This is what awesomeness affords you

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127 Images Will Enter

One Will Win it All

Winning Means Prizes

See the Goods Below

Custom Metal Artwork

24x36" Metal Wall Art Print with B.A. [ bad-ass ] Metal Stud Post Hangers

$250 gift card

To our print lab [ or Arby's ]. Your Call.

Prank Call Your Folks

None other than Brett; he'll personally call your parents. He'll be awkward [ yet polished ] and pretend to be Yoda

$197.12 gift card

To our Print Lab [ or maybe you're into White Castle? ] Both are forever decisions.

Film Noir Short

An 8 second short film produced by Anna involving a Dorito and one of your socks [ $318 street value ]

Sara Writes Haiku

Sara will write a haiku about your ex. It will be emotional, raw and regretful

$77 gift card

To our Print Lab [ Because of inflation this will get you one 4x6 ]

Katie TPs a House

She will toilet paper any house of your choosing. And then "mistakenly" do your house instead

Emma’s new Tattoo

Pick a member of your bridal party; Emma will tattoo their face on her forehead.

Two Rounds of Open Voting

Round 1 begins on Sunday January 15 2022 at 12PM EST.  Voting for Round 1 will take place there-after, and end at 11:59pm EST Wednesday the 18th. The Top Contenders 20 will move on to Round 2.

Round 2 will begin on Thursday the 11th when the Round 2 blog post is up on our blog, and end at 1:00pm EST on Friday the 20th.  The Official Winners will be announced by the end of the day Friday.

For the First Round; you will self post your nominated image to your instagram account[s], and encourage your friends, families [ and random followers ] to vote directly on your own instagram account by commenting and liking the post.

We will email you your official nominated image on Friday, January 13th.  You may then post it to your instagram accounts for open voting as soon as 12PM EST on Sunday January 15th.

Step by Step for you to Start Round One

This year’s competition is a bit different than last year; as round one voting will take place directly on your own [ or perhaps your partner’s ] instagram account. Please do the following to enter the competition;

  1. Post your image as a post in your grid or feature it in a Reel [ recommended ]
  2. Tag our account in the caption of the post or reel
  3. Utilize the official competition hashtag #IOTY22 in the caption of the post or reel
  4. Ensure your account is public [ even if this is temporary for the competition ]
  5. Ask your friends and family to vote for your image [ via stories or instagram live ]

You must do all of the following to enter the competition! Please be sure to only use the image we will provide to you via email this coming Friday in your post; and please refrain from posting prior to this coming Sunday at 12PM EST.

Beg / Ask your friends to vote

With voting for the first round taking place on you / your partner’s instagram, it’s important you communicate to your followers the following steps they’ll need to take to vote for your image.

  1. They need to follow Making the Moment’s Instagram account [ only our followers votes count ] 
  2. Ask them to “Like” your Post / Reel [ Every ❤️ is one Vote ]
  3. Ask them to comment on your Post / Reel [ Every 💬 is a Vote ]*

*To be fair; each commenting account can only vote once with the comments [ multiple comments from one account are still worth only one “comment” vote ]

With liking and commenting; this means each of your friends can vote up to 2x on your image!

The top 20 Images go to the Final Round

After the first round of voting, 20 Finalist Images will be chosen based on popular voting from Round 1. The vote count for these 20 images will start with an even playing field [ all votes reset to zero ], and voting will change up a bit [ stay tuned for the details! ].

It is important to know that the images will be displayed in the order of popularity via votes from the first round, so winning big in Round 1 does have an impact in Round 2.

Round 2 voting will begin Thursday the 19th and end Friday the 20th at 1:00pm EST.

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Official Rules Below


Participants in this year’s competition have the following rules to abide by. Please give them a brief read. We also have tips scattered throughout on how you can bribe our judges.****

  • Qualifying posts for Round 1 will have the following characteristics. If any are missing; the post is disqualified and will not be counted in the competition;
    • It will be a “grid post” or a “reel” on your instagram account.
    • Making the Moment’s official instagram account [ @MakingTheMoment ] will be tagged clearly in the description of the post.
    • The competition’s Hashtag [ #IOTY22 ] will be tagged clearly in the description of the post.
    • Your account will be “Public” so that we may have an open and transparent competition.
    • You may make your account private after the close of the competition should you wish.
    • The post will feature the nominated image file we will send to our competitors on Friday January 13th.
    • If featured in a reel the image will be shown for at least 2 seconds consecutively.
    • The post will not be officially posted on your instagram prior to Sunday January 15th at 12PM EST
  • While creativity in the content surrounding the image in your post is encouraged [ perhaps you’re providing instructions for voting in a carousel post with video or text, or doing the same in the reel itself ] the actual nominated image must not be edited in any way; it must clearly be shown in full in your posting without being cropped or changed from the image file we will send you.
  • You may post your entry one time on one account. While you are free to use any methods to communicate to your followers the need to vote on your “official post / reel”, only likes and comments that are made on your first qualifying  “official” post [ that specific grid post or that specific reel ] will be counted.
    • Again; please use every tool to “self-market” your posting to your followers; just be very sure to have them actually “vote” on your official post itself.
  • While your partner may utilize their instagram account to help market your posting of your “official” nominated image post; likes or comments on their post are not to be counted towards your one official post.
  • Individual “Likes” or comments on your first official image post / reel each count as a vote; but only by “registered voters” who have first become followers of our account [ @MakingTheMoment ] on Instagram
  • Multiple comments [ while allowed ] from your followers on your post only count for one vote total [ for instance if your aunt sally comments over and over again “I love this image!” 38 times; it’s still worth one vote ]
  • Votes by snail mail, email, phone, knocks on the door, inbox messages, prank calls, cookie delivery, and any other method besides Instagram, do not count. We’ll take flowers though …
  • Bribing judges is permitted, but only by personally dropping off our favorite smoothies or bourbons to the office
  • Some entrants will have multiple images in Round 1 [ perhaps a couple had us photograph both their wedding and an Engagement Session ]. While we encourage the couple to use all nominated images in their posting [ a carousel post for a grid post or utilizing multiple images in a reel ] the couple is free to only focus on one of their images in their posting if they choose to.
  • In the same token; each client / couple may only have one image proceed to the final round of voting.
  • Bribes will not however affect final outcome.  They are still of course accepted and encouraged
  • People may vote on as many photos as they’d like
  • Generally speaking our favorite bourbons are single barrels.
  • The commissioner of the image [ ergo the actual “Client” of Making the Moment ] is the actual prize winner, not necessarily the subject of the image
  • All awards/prizes/credits must be claimed within 30 Days of issuance, or are considered forfeited
  • Award credits and prizes hold no actual cash value
  • This time of year we also like Gin. and Sara likes Ramchata.
  • Employees or contractors of Making the Moment are not permitted to vote or “like” any images in the contest. Comments are permitted, but will not count towards the vote totals.
  • If the right beverages are hard for you to find, we encourage you to just drop off hundred dollar bills
  • No hundred dollar bills?  That’s fine – just bitcoin. Lots and lots of bitcoin.
  • Nominated images from the event are selected exclusively by Making the Moment staff. Clients who had multi-day Indian weddings may have 2 or more entries. All nominees are final.
  • Nominated peeps – please don’t complain about the image we chose and how much another image “shows my good side better” image should’ve been picked. We pick images unbiasedly that we think have a shot and stand out from the rest – it takes quite a bit of time for our staff to narrow it down to the best – so please trust us
  • Final winners and vote tallies are up to the discretion of Making the Moment 🤣
  • Order in which images are presented can be updated at the discretion of Making the Moment
  • At any time if the client who commissioned the image wishes the image to be removed from the contest, the image will be removed from the contest and no longer eligible for any prize winnings
  • At any time if a subject of the image [ or legal-guardian thereof ] wishes the image they are being shown to be removed from the contest, the image will be removed from the contest and the image and its respective client will no longer be eligible for any prize winnings.
  • Only purchased, captured images in 2022 from full day weddings, engagement [ as well as any wedding from 2021 that was not released prior to last years Image of the Year, or any wedding that falls within 24 hours of the start of 2023 ] are eligible for this contest
  • Making the Moment can for any reason remove or prevent an image or a contestant from the competition for any reason what-so-ever.
  • Users who wish to vote, but who are without a Instagram account are still eligible for the contest by creating a free Instagram account

The Nominated Images Are Below

Prepare Your Eyes For Greatness

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Fairly-Serious Legal Mumbo-Jumbo
  • Comment votes containing profanity, violence, hate speech will be removed and not counted towards the vote tally to the given photograph
  • Making the Moment may at any time cancel the contest, alter or adjust the rules at any given time
  • This contest is void where prohibited by law. The contestants assume the total responsibility of knowing their local laws in regard to contests and are subject to any local, state, national or international laws. Making the Moment LLC accepts no responsibility for making these individual legal determinations.
  • Making the Moment LLC reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or the Website; to be in violation of the User Agreement of the Website; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, as determined by Making the Moment LLC at its sole discretion.
  • Any use of cartel, robotic, automatic, macro, programmed or like entry methods will void all such entries by such methods and persons using any such methods will be disqualified.
  • If for any reason this Contest is not capable of being conducted as planned due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in the sole opinion of Making the Moment LLC, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Making the Moment LLC reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. If the Contest is terminated due to tampering or technical difficulties prior to its expiration date, notice will be posted on Making the Moment LLC’s website at
  • As a condition of participating in this Contest, you agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, or the determination of the Winner shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action exclusively by arbitration pursuant to the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association, then effective. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will you be permitted to obtain awards for, and you hereby waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than your actual out-of- pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Contest), and you further waive all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or your rights and obligations Making the Moment LLC’s rights and obligations in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Ohio, U.S.A. in the County of Cuyahoga, without giving effect to the conflict of laws rules thereof, and you agree to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state and local courts for Westlake, Ohio for any disputes relating to the Contest or these Official Rules.

* Do not hit, bite or otherwise hurt other contestants
**** In all seriousness, you know we can’t be bought. The voting is completely up to you and your loved ones. Still, feel free to stop by with the above-mentioned goodness.

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